Saturday, December 20, 2008

Santa Claus is coming to town

Remember that age when you were convinced that Santa wasn't real? No one can travel around the whole world in a single night, you thought. Well, think again, grinch of Christmas past! We have semi-certain proof that Santa does exist -- and that he completes his magical journey delivering toys to good little girls and boys, just as the story goes.

How else could we track him?

Google has teamed up with NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command to bring you the NORAD Santa Tracker. NORAD provides aerospace warning and control for North America 365 days a year. On Christmas Eve, they turn their attention to St. Nick, tracking his yearly gift-delivering journey around the world.

To be sure you don't miss Santa on his way toward your area, add the Norad Tracks Santa gadget to your iGoogle page. Then, on Christmas eve, come back to the NORAD Tracks Santa website to watch as NORAD uses Google Maps and Google Earth to plot Santa's location based on the data they receive from their satellites, radar, and observation aircraft. Videos of some of Santa's more notable stops are fed from NORAD's SantaCam network to YouTube, then uploaded to the NORAD Santa tracking map.

To get you in the spirit, check out highlights from Santa's journey last year:

Happy Tracking!

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